Well it is interesting times thats for sure. The original incident last week, as above, was the special police squad (remembering normal cops aren't armed) pulled over a minicab with a suspected criminal in it as part of an organised police operation. Initally it was thought that he fired at the police first and hit an officier in the chest (with the bullet lodging in his police radio in front of his heart) and shots were returned killing the suspect. Then there was a 'peaceful' protest about police brutality, which when police stop some participants to frisk them it all went south. That was the first night in Tottenham.
The next day, it was announced that the bullet in the radio was a police issue one, and there was no direct evidence that the suspect had fired the gun he had on him, so now the family want to sue the Met over the 'assassination'.
The rest of the riots have had very little to do with the original incident, Tottenham has been fairly quiet, nothing to do with the government. Its just a bunch of no gooders assuming that in big enough numbers they can steal with no consequences. Just a bunch of wankers really. True the majority probably don't have jobs which some say could be the governments fault but many have probably been out of work for years so thats just an excuse.
Mind you it was very quiet in London last night due to the shear volume of police on the ground. It was amazing, at one point we had 8 putside our office at Putney. I think the cowards were too scared to go out once they new they wouldn't get anywhere.
Also as many have asked why the haven't used force yet, I think they are still on edge due to the investigations over the death of a protester at the G20 (something like that) protests. The guys was pushed to the ground and collapsed soon after and died. The push was caught on camera so its likely the cop with be charged. Though I think the public are ready for force to be used again now, it got beyond a joke now.
Sorry for the novel, thought you might like some on the ground action! Also we haveb't been too close to any so far.